Review: Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson


A boat leaves for America. On it are our protagonists, a young woman and her older, married lover. This is a tale of a love triangle, ruminating on the theme of time passing.

Taking her cue from tarot cards, Winterson’s chapters are labelled accordingly – the page of swords, the tower…if you’re familiar with these Jungian archetypes, you may find this an appealing device. I suppose the danger of knowing the tarot well, as I do, is a tendency to compare your own knowledge with Winterson’s, specifically how she transfers her knowledge of these cards into fiction; it’s a little distracting. For this reason, I’m dubious about this as a structural device.

Having said this, the theme of time passing is explored deeply, and the guiding intelligence behind the narrative is impressive. I didn’t love it to be honest, but it’s certainly a rich read.


About Suzy Norman Writes

Suzy is an actor, a freelance features writer, artist and novelist. Her novel 'Duff' was published by Patrician Press in 2015. @suzynorman
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